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UMW Postpones Spring Rodeo Banquet and adds Fall BBQ Event

March 11, 2021

After careful consideration, Montana Western has decided to postpone our in-person spring community rodeo banquet event scheduled for spring 2021. Although we are anxious to thank our supporters in person and share the success of the fall rodeo season, we also feel this is the best decision based on the current recommendations for hosting large events. Our priority is keeping our students, campus, and community safe and healthy.

However, we are planning to host a special “THANK YOU BBQ” event in September during the fall UMW Rodeo to thank everyone for supporting us during these difficult times. Community and alumni support has made an incredible difference for our team for over 50 years, and we are grateful for this continued support.

The Montana Western Community Rodeo Banquet provides the vital resources to support the team annually. It is an exciting event that draws about 700 people to the UMW campus each spring for the much-anticipated prime rib dinner, silent and live auctions and live music and dancing. Last spring marked the 52nd annual banquet and we regrettably had to postpone the event due to the pandemic.

On the docket this month is a mailing and phone campaign to assist our fundraising efforts this spring driven by our student-athletes. Our rodeo team members are looking forward to talking with all of our generous donors later this month and we are all excited to gather together again this fall.

The Montana Western Rodeo team will begin their spring season April 8-11 at Montana State University. This year’s event will be held in the Bob Miller Pavilion west of the MSU campus. The entire rodeo will be televised and livestream information will be sent out closer to the event and posted on

For more information, please contact UMW Foundation Director, Roxanne Engellant, ([email protected] or 406-683-7305) or UMW Head Rodeo Coach Kody Lahaye ([email protected] or 406-683-7001).